Titus 2 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“For the grace of G_d has appeared, with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and Worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and G_dly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great G_d and Savior, Messiah Yeshua.” Titus 2:11-13
There is an idea about G_d’s Grace, that it covers all sin and requires no accountability. I have friends who firmly believe this, to the point where they distort G_d’s Grace by removing themselves from G_dly accountability with other believers. They live however they want, and when confronted about their lifestyles, they answer, “G_d’s Grace covers all sin, and it cannot be revoked.”
While that is a true statement about G_d’s Grace, my friends’ attitude does not reflect the heart of Yeshua.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21
Paul instructs us to, “…deny Godlessness, and Worldly lust and to live in a sensible, righteous, and G_dly way”. Nowhere in that verse is a license to live apart from G_d’s standard.
The observable power of salvation in the believer’s life is not fully displayed by the fact that we have been saved from G_d’s wrath to come. It is mostly revealed in that we are changed, today! We are called “converts” because we are changed; and that means our desires to sin are also being replaced with the desire to please G_d. Salvation is not the ability to sin without consequence; it is more of a fresh start, where we are freed to serve the L_rd rightly.
To me, the sweetness of Grace is displayed in today’s passage. G_d’s Grace brings salvation for “all people”. That’s not to say that all people will be saved. Rather, salvation is offered and available to all people, by Grace, through faith in Yeshua atonement for our sin. It’s still the individual’s choice to respond to it.
Those who recognize their need for G_d’s Grace and receive it, enter into a joy that is unexplainable. We, who are receivers of His Grace, should desire to be givers of it, as well. In this way, we become “living testimonies” by virtue of our transformed lives, along with the words of the gospel we share.
Lastly, we have hope in the Grace of Messiah because we acknowledge the deity of Messiah. (Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6) Grace without deity is just a kind gesture. Deity without Grace is unforgiving judgment. We have hope because Yeshua is both “G_d & Savior”!
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Thursday, November 7, 2013